26 Feb 2012

It’s amazing how much the hummingbirds grew in one week, and even more surprising that one already left the nest today. Mom is taking care of both but I worry about the smaller one still left. The concern is that between the two kids, mom may choose to take care of the stronger one. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow so the next couple of days will prove pivotal for the remaining bird – as of this evening it’s in the nest by itself, no mom around. Nature is very efficient at culling out the weak and doesn’t care if we humans use words such as “cruel” or “harsh.” It is what it is and nature ensures healty offspring – or none. Humans on the other hand force the issue by making nearly all offspring survive, which brings up all sorts of avenues for discussion – which I shall steer clear of. Note that the quality of the pictures improved after I figured out the camera mount on the spotting scope… Of the last four shots, the first three are of Mom and the last is the remaing offspring. I wish him well. The one shot of a bird on the ground is the healthy one, who surprising came and landed about 10 feet in front of me on the dirt, then flew back up for preening. Hopefully he’ll learn to not to hang around on the ground due to the cats around here.

Oh, the car. The windscreen frame is finally finished and the frame was accurately measured so the glass can be ordered. The passenger side seatbelt mount holes are done along with their bushings, several of which are threaded. This brings of the question of “what’s next?” Odds and ends, mostly mounting points for rubber-lined clamps, and tabs tacked on the subassemblies so they can be easily mounted. Oh, and another pass through the manuscript is underway.